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Dry, cracked foot pad

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Hi all... our 4-year-old cat recently had an infection on his back foot. Before we took him to the vet, the foot was very swollen, wet, and red, and it emitted pus and a bit of blood. The vet cleaned him up and gave us an antibiotic. It did the trick after a few days.

It's been a couple of weeks, and we noticed that he still licks and bites the paw now and then (though not nearly as much as when it was infected). I looked at it the other day, and the foot pad is cracked, dry, and red, like a person's skin can get during the winter. It's not swollen, and he doesn't limp, doesn't seem to be in pain (I squeezed lightly it once, and he didn't react at all), and still runs and jumps all over the apartment. No other symptoms; just looks kind of nasty and he licks it a bit.

Could it be our hardwood floors drying his feet out? He loves to play and is extremely energetic -- too much jumping and running? Or just leftover itchiness from the infection?
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I'd call the vet's office and ask if there is some sort of balm/cream you could use to help keep the pad from drying out. If kitty is licking it excessively, even a balm may not help but it's worth asking. Since the vet was the one that did the initial treatment they probably won't charge you for just calling and asking about it.
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Do you use scented cat litter? One of my cats gets dried cracked feet from the standard floral litter scent.
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
I'd call the vet's office and ask if there is some sort of balm/cream you could use to help keep the pad from drying out. If kitty is licking it excessively, even a balm may not help but it's worth asking. Since the vet was the one that did the initial treatment they probably won't charge you for just calling and asking about it.
Ditto that ...

I was told by my vet to keep neosprine on hand for this... BUT TALK with YOUR VET

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Originally Posted by littleraven7726 View Post
Do you use scented cat litter? One of my cats gets dried cracked feet from the standard floral litter scent.
WOW that is a new one to me... makes sense thou
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